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20 Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas

Struggling to find a ways to celebrate  a sustainable Christmas, without costing the earth, check out our top 20 tips for  sustainable Christmas.

  1. Reusable gifts over disposable, example a beautiful refillable fountain pen
  2. Experiences over stuff- Movie tickets, days to together
  3. Repurpose- household paper and fabric for gift wrapping
  4. Make it, bake it, grow it- gifts, decorations- fill recycled jars with edible gifts
  5. Think and shop local- coffee vouchers for local café
  6. Recycled content- look for gifts with high recycled content
  7. 100 Food Mile- source food within your local area, enjoy a meat free Christmas
  8. Give the gift of time- hire a cleaner for a loved one, to free up time for good stuff
  9. Quality design over poor design and quality- generally lasts longer and repairable
  10. Read recycling labels- ensure your waste goes in the right bin
  11. Refuse excess packaging- look for products with less packaging, if you can’t avoid it, rethink how to reuse the packaging
  12. Accept it when someone tells you “ I don’t want a gift for Christmas, time with you is the perfect gift”
  13. Offer a helping hand- Gift your time and skills to help someone
  14. Reduce food waste- plan, plan and plan your menu and portions
  15. Walk between Christmas functions- leave the car at home, walk, ride a bike or take public transport
  16. Collaborative Consumption- rather than buy tools and toys join your local tool library or toy library
  17. Less is More- put money towards a one big gift rather than small things which clutter your home example: family holiday
  18. Sustain yourself- delegate chores and food preparation
  19. Preloved and fair-trade gifts
  20. Ask what people would like for Christmas, if you are uncomfortable asking play the detective and snoop.

 

Bonus tip: Offset your Christmas carbon footprint, check out https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Is there someone in your life that would benefit from a little decluttering and order, why not order a signed copy of our Tanya’s book STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter.

From all the team at Eco Organiser® we would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to bringing more tips, ideas, workshops and webinars to you in 2019

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Ask yourself

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